Hi there, this is a build I completed around January 2013. I got all the of the items on sales (Boxing Day or Black Friday) so the total was like under $900 CAD. All and all, it has been an amazing system. Although I could change some components. By the way, sorry for the bad pictures. My camera isn't the best, nor is my lighting.
CPU - This is an amazing CPU for the money. I used to play on a Pentium Dual Core, so this is a huge improvement over that, especially in renders.
CPU Cooler - I bought this for $15 on sale, and when I tried to install it, I lost a couple of screws. So I emailed NZXT asking for replacement screws and they shadily asked me for my address, and I never heard from them again. I couldn't reach support, so I just gave up. I am soon going to pick up the Hyper 212 Evo instead. I did not like the support from NZXT.
Motherboard - I trust ASUS motherboards, as I have owned a couple already. This motherboard does everything I could want it to. Many features and a very sturdy build.
Memory - Got this for $30 on sale on Boxing Day, and it is great. Since I'm doing light editing and mostly gaming, this is enough for me, although I would have liked to get 16 GB for $60, I didn't see it necessary. I regret that.
Storage - No complaints here, the SSD is lightning fast.
Video Card - I actually have the 2 GB 560 Ti from MSI. I just wish I had gotten the 670, but this card was $150, so yeah.
Case - Amazing to work in, looks great and simple.
Power Supply - Easy to work with, although I wish I had gotten more watts.
Optical Drive - Loud and annoying when actually using it, which is thankfully not often.
OS - Yeah. Win 7 is good.
Leave me some comments, maybe some things you liked, you didn't like, etc.